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today's news in the week's top stories in israel suggests it was behind this week's . attempt to mediate a meeting with the syrian opposition. president. claims french troops were. accusations of war crimes. the artistic director of the bolshoi theater says he knows who attacked him with just over two weeks ago in central moscow. with a look back at the top stories and the latest developments this is the weekly on.
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the syrian president bashar al assad says his army is able to confront any aggression aimed against his nation he also says israel is trying to destabilize the country that's after comments made by the israeli defense minister ehud barak today hinting for the first time that his forces were behind this week's attack on its northern neighbor. the details. that does come from the israeli defense minister it would be iraq and he has said that it is proof that when israel says something it means that he did stop short of actually a third being israel's involvement now u.s. officials have said that the strike targeted an arms convoy that was carrying anti aircraft weapons from syria to lebanon according to the israeli defense minister ehud barak he said that we do not think and i'm quoting that syria should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into live unarmed it is important to make the point that his comments does not constitute acknowledgement of israel's
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involvement in the strike but it certainly does suggest the possibility that it took place and it was responsible for it but also said that the syrian president bashar assad's fall is imminent and that it would serve as a major blow to his beloved and iran need to look at this israeli strategy and it's a strategy that israel has employed in the past and that is namely a strategy of silence it is strategic it doesn't give any kind of confirmation or any kind of denial what israel has done in the past is launch an attack then leave and it really its response has been a no comment which really leaves the question in opposite of as minds it is a culture lated moves because this silence allows israel's enemies to save face and thus reduce the risk of reprisals and it's collation against the jewish state of course the international fallout from any kind of israeli strike in syria would create immense arguments in the international community we've heard for example from moscow who says that if indeed israel did carry out the strike it was an
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attack on a sovereign state and as such it breached international law and the arab league has also condemned the strike saying it is in violation of international law and it is purported against in another sovereign state so israel of course will not want to come out publicly and acknowledge that it carried out such a strike because it would not want to have the kind of diplomatic complications and diplomatic fallout that would follow from such an admission. and beirut based middle east affairs expert at the risk says that israeli attacks and its apparent admittance could provoke a retaliation from damascus for now i don't believe that there will be all out military warfare although we have to remember that the husband law is one of syria's allies iran is also one of syria's allies and it's important to note here that the the head of the supreme national security council the iranians are very national security council side really is currently in syria so paid more not respond directly with the direct you know conventional army to conventional warfare
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but there might be harder means used targeting for example sort of israeli officials storing the trouble for this role in general and i think that some that something would syria is an expert at doing syria has. underwater along to his father has been a source of concern for a very long time for the israeli side and ideas were all once the fall because this will basically break down the iranian husband lost syrian access which is the biggest threat to the not in your government the man hopes of ending the ongoing conflict in syria have received a slight boost on the sidelines of a key security conference in munich russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov held his first direct negotiations with the leader of syria's main opposition group he called on them to be realistic and begin peace talks with president assad while retreating that any use of force is unacceptable in a true politics first magazine marcus by the doubler's thanks diplomacy still has
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a long way to go before any real success can be achieved. the meeting between the leader of the so claims syrian national coalition and the foreign ministers of russia and iran is an acknowledgement by the leader of the syrian national coalition that the syrian government it's not going to be defeated on the military battlefield and it is acknowledgement that thousands of syrian civilians have died unnecessarily and all because outside players in the region turkey saudi arabia qatar have been hollande weapons and cash to the militants in syria hillary clinton about a year ago accused russian government of having blood on its hands flow unfortunately more the country saudi arabia catan saudi arabia we have the blood of thousands upon thousands of syrian civilians on their hands because of their own geo strategic ambitions i.e. to see the removal of presence is sad and the syrian government's fraud his
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military has reportedly carried out majoras strikes on the training and the district centers of islamic insurgents in northeast money but the only military campaign in the country has been marred by alleged human rights abuses and activists reporting civilian deaths torture and ethnic reprisals by the local army already has an exclusive report now exposing the realities on the ground in some of the most battle scarred areas. pony's these and i mean in this mob the area we've discovered allegations of war crimes information about them is under the control of mali's military government. i think it's getting more and more difficulty talk to people a lot of. human rights activists who are trying to identify witnesses all saying that people. are feeling the heat they are scared to speak a lot of people here. very few fool the malian army seems to be doing whatever
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it can to prevent people from speaking to openly when i was there because this government took advantage of the media's interest in all and for the first time visited the city's worst affected by hostilities today in the town of qana we were surprised by the arrival of mom i do see the bad the minister for humanitarian action of solidarity this was an attempt to bring the bomb a call government closer to the people who regard the capital as remote for them with this visit and this event staged by politicians coincided with the publication of reports by international organizations such as amnesty international and human rights watch alleging atrocities crimes and violence on both sides for instance in qana several civilians were reportedly killed in french air force shelling of we tried to interview the injured however were unable to obtain evidence in a community that has until now been strictly regulated by the military authorities he said. the ministry says an investigation is underway has got so far no evidence
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has been provided so let the judicial system do its job to list all of these government its people and military are well aware of current events and we know that we cannot play this game with. the government has been attempting to assert political power despite very poor infrastructure today we spoke to an army private on his way back from god he told us. he hadn't been paid or even properly for fifteen games and everest war continues there will be a need for justice after a comprehensive internal investigation rather than heartfelt celebrations and demonstrations of power. during his visit to mali president francois hollande claimed french troops will remain in the west african states until a complete reinstatement of its sovereignty former deputy speaker of the belgian parliament lode venues says considering the current political state in mali violence is inevitable but i hear now is how this surprises me i mean first of
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all the mali an army does hold a grudge against the people who are stemmed from the northern part of the country and secondly the soldiers of very low grade and have very little armaments and it serves as a they're not really a regular army in that sense there's only. hardly a state apparatus functioning how can you really just have people and examine what they do you can't you just ground nic underlying that so the only thing you can do correctly is if you think people might be terrorist is hold them and arrest them and detain them but you certainly are doing this kind of actually judicial executions but eternally surprises me that this is going on right now this country needs support yes this country needs our why is it that this help only comes in the form of military invasions that's a basic question usually we should ask ourselves. the artistic director of moscow's world famous bolshoi ballet who suffered horrific injuries when acid with thrown in
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his face and said he knows who was behind the incident said if it is currently undergoing surgery following the attack in the center of the russian capital the doctors have warned they may not be able to save his sight sean thomas reports. it certainly is a strange and bizarre story under exposing the deep and dark underbelly of the world of ballet if you believe it or not. who is the artistic director says he doesn't know exactly who did it he says he's certain he knows but he won't say anything until the police have released their statement regarding the situation and have made an official announcement a little bit about the attack that actually happened about two weeks ago sergei filin was coming from his car to his home here in moscow where an unknown assailant splashed acid in his face. then suffered from third degree burns in his eyes has undergone the multiple surgeries in fact he will be going to germany later this week for further treatment what about the investigation itself
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while he won't say exactly who did it even though he says he knows he says he is certain that it is to ruin his reputation and of the reputation of the ball. in an interview listen to what he had to say about the investigation itself. so all i can say is that i'm amazed by the amount of effort they've put into the investigation i think in the future get the answers we're looking for. but do your own suspicions match the facts that will voiced by the police. afraid to come back to the bolshoi . for one main reason i still don't feel that i have ever left now ballet believe it or not is notorious for having this jealous dark side to it dancers and artistic directors thinking that they should have their way of the artistic direction of the community in fact the bolshoi theater just reopening after a six year long multimillion dollar renovation. being the artistic director ever
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since that renovation took place a lot of people who are not happy with the direction it has taken in fact actually an entire movie was made about this side if you recall the black swan about dan. not liking the parts that they're getting you doing anything that they could take to go and get the parts that they need so one thing about the bolshoi itself. who is one of the prima ballerina of this great stage she has fled to canada and they're saying that she has received threats also not sure that they're committed connected but talks about what's going on behind the scenes at the bolshoi deepening divisions in egypt society continued to grow this week as an ongoing crackdown on anti-government protests failed to silence calls for president morsi to quit some of the night has fallen so one person shot dead and many others injured when security forces trying to disperse angry crowds which attacked the presidential palace this only worsened the political and social stalemate your
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position yet again refused to join the national and the protests because the decisive measures indeed again rest on the tree currently has increased powers due to the recently imposed month long state of emergency exits yes it is man says he's repeating the states of his predecessor. it was very unfortunate. he was repeating the mistakes. of the mubarak of egypt. i believe he was the same people that run the country to see action and that's very unfortunate because the outcome of barak was very very clear and i don't think you have a second term to look forward for with this car with this practice continuing on the street wonderful quality and the lack of security the unemployment has to meet a new generation of problems really for forcing his agenda on the people. there was
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nothing changing the reality that people are working and training under water for thirty years they are running from the same books around this table because the only way to know what to do with the top echelons of the police is still there and running the country with the see that. the future ship of mubarak and they don't know how to do it differently. coming up a final say before going behind. we don't even realize how much of a police state the united states has become to the former cia officer turned whistle blower of america's torture program he's now serving two and a half years in prison plus. the way that if the oil families who are directly responsible for my fortune she was feeding me and she had to take me medical workers in bahrain claim they're constantly targeted by the authorities for treating those cuts in anti government denies those stories and others off of the
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. admission free accreditation free comes for charges free. range month free risk free. to tide free. download free books just quality video for your media projects and a free media and on to our t. dot com. this is the weekly hit on the first man convicted for blowing the whistle on america's prison torture program has begun to turn a hoff year jail sentence veteran john kiriakou was convicted of exposing washington secret interrogation tactics in one of his father interviews before being locked away he told r.t. exactly what he thinks he's being punished for all. first of all my case was not about leaking my case was about torture when i blew the whistle on torture in
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december of two thousand and seven the justice to department here in the united states began investigating me and never stopped investigating me until they were able to patch together. charge and force me into taking a plea agreement and i'll add another thing to when i took the plea in october of last year the judge said that she thought the plea was was fair and appropriate but once the courtroom was packed full of reporters last friday she decided that it was not long enough and if she had had the ability to she would have given me ten years in this post nine eleven atmosphere that we find ourselves in we have been losing our civil liberties incrementally over the last decade to the point where we don't even realize how much of a police state the united states has become you know ten years ago the thought of the national security agency spying on american citizens and intercepting their
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emails would have been anathema to americans and now it's just a part of normal business. the idea that that our government would be using drone aircraft to assassinate american citizens who have never seen the inside of a courtroom who have never been charged with a crime and have not had due process which is their constitutional right would have been unthinkable and it's something now that happens every every so often every few weeks every few months and there is no public outrage i think this is a very dangerous development. washington's infamous rendition regime was one of the key issues raised during a week of pretrial hearings for the alleged mastermind of the nine eleven attacks and these four accomplices in guantanamo bay we mourn investigations into america's so-called black sites abroad have revealed little so far and reports even if. just. one tunnel may hold all the headlines but all the
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interested it means people are moving their focus elsewhere so-called black sites secret prisons were established by the cia during its well publicized war on terror unlike the cause however these secret facilities were never publicly discussed by the authorities the u.s. claim they could hold prisoners outside the u.s. because then they wouldn't be subject to the geneva conventions to international law and humanitarian law reports suggest such prisons were in existence from two thousand and two basically not long after the events of nine eleven the u.s. government denied the existence of these prisons until two thousand and six now the only country in europe which has acknowledged the presence of a secret cia facility on its territory is the through anywhere and if you were to look at it you will you will see something almost a deliberate site except for the imposing fences surrounding it likewise a suspected secret prison poland is believed to be located here apparently in one
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of the most beautiful parts in the country according to various reports mostly from journalists or human rights organizations so-called high value detainees were flown in by the cia for interrogation at these polish facilities. i managed to get the flight records from the airport in germany where it's clear that they have learned an aircraft used by the cia very important evidence because until then everyone denied bs landings and reported different destinations of these flights to europe controlled however just like their american counterparts the authorities in warsaw have been extremely frugal with the details and investigation into the secret prisons has been dragging on for almost five years now but what is on earth during its course remains unknown therefore the extent of the investigations progress just like any information about the torture of prisoners regarding who wants where when and how all of it remains a mystery and the investigation is rumored to conclude next month by the looks of
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it whatever its outcome it may also be a state secrets and swept under the carpet hundreds of great protesters clashed with police on wednesday after storming the building of the labor minister's office the activists were demonstrating against reforms to pay and pensions part of the spending cuts announced by the government around thirty people were arrested following the protest george had to go as the authorities response was part of a new approach to the strikes which have crippled the country. the government has decided to follow up on lucy of zero thought that us as its ace idea is the that is distance to your stated measures so we have seen the government to take in medicine measures that they are unconstitutional i guess the very sentence like it now we have seen toward their own lives very violently against a generally peaceful and calm the most recent when it seemed the last three or four
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weeks i complain of propaganda try to convince us that now they're worse has become the us the reason i don't believe that this is true is exactly because we are following this same set of policies of was thirty minutes of the for three years content greece the us final of slow death that this recession of the economy kentucky and of the economy unfair social measures but when i see some of the population and also look at back the socialites i think that as far as what we're following this set of. theirs will call us. while reportedly being held hostage for eight months by russian mafia and orisha real estate tycoon who claims he was given a punishment he'd never forget find out what was com into the man's forehead on a website. also online the russian football premier league dark or sign g.
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versus squad was said to be the most expensive transfer in the country's history discovered he said to join samuel eto and friends at the dagestan club on party dot com. medical workers in bahrain say they're being targeted by the authorities for treating injured protesters doctors say the retribution has been severe when the government insists it's now investigating allegations aunties and looks at those at risk for trying to help. nada dhaif was among a group of doctors who were trying to help the injured during a protest in bahrain she claims that after violently crushing the dissent the orthorexic stirred their attention to her and her colleagues who were providing first a they deny. health care to the patients and protesters. the doctors did not obey the orders for such. decided to punish those doctors i was taken to
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a place for ten days that i didn't know where it was. all that time i was blindfolded and handcuffed i was in a solitary confinement for back to twenty one days. and they would just open the door of the cell and beat me up and there was a member of the royal family who directly was responsible of my thought she she was beating me and she looked at me almost two dozen doctors were arrested like this for the fuel the anger of the protesters and turned the hospitals grounds into the scene of the rally the sound money hospital is bahrain's leading medical institution and that's where most of the arrests have been made after those events it now looks like a fortress guarded heavily by the right police and not everybody can get in human rights activists say if you had suffered for speaking out against the regime and
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decided to come here for treatment you could make matters even worse for yourself anyone who was injured from the protests they cannot go to the hospital because they will be arrested interrogated beaten and taking to the jail last year many protests and in jail where torture insults and money are we have a story and the similar people and protest are being tortured. but in my country protests there were tortured inside. britain not who was charged with treason and sentenced to fifteen years in prison before being acquitted because of what she believed to be international pressure on bahrain's government the fate of many other doctors remains unclear the person who allegedly tortured not and others princes. has been officially charged by police she denies all allegations against her meanwhile the guy. women stands recently at the action it took against the hospital was the right thing to do. these doctors managed to control the emergency
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unit in the first floor of the hospital and started to perform political acts when a hospital is turned into a base for political ethnic work this is a real disaster we had an unbiased committee investigating the hospital eight condemn the acts of these doctors. the case against one of the members of the world family may seem as an indication that bahrain's government has bowed to the negative global reaction with the doctor scandal being far from the only torture accusation c.c.t.v. cameras have been installed at all prisons in a move to become more transparent according to the authorities but with protests in the gulf states still continuing and accusations of human rights violations intensifying the opposition is still wondering what happens in the places where the cameras cannot see. reporting from the kingdom of bahrain. or shortly on our t.v. report and those who suffer from brittle bone disease that so special next.
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you know i can kind of sort of understand the mindset of an evil dictator i have trouble understanding what is going on or maybe not going on in the minds of the terrified cogs who believe all the propaganda give up all their rights for the lucian of safety to coach jerry seinfeld who are these people well maybe some of them maybe working at your local school bring the bureaucracy zombies at a pennsylvania school suspended a kindergartner note kindergartner as a terrorist threat because she threatened to shoot another student with a gun that shoots soap bubbles i guess this was all a mix up because the girl she wanted to shoot didn't understand.